Queen Elizabeth hosts President Biden at Windsor Castle

Sky News Screen Grab The president and First Lady Jill Biden were welcomed by the Queen at Windsor Castle

After being greeted under a covered dais in the castle's quadrangle, the president and first lady Jill Biden stood with the queen as the USA national anthem was played.

The visit included a Guard of Honour and afternoon tea with the monarch.

President Biden has become the 13th US president to meet Queen Elizabeth II, holding a private visit Sunday at Windsor Castle.

Some more context: World leaders attending the Group of Seven summit on Sunday issued a call for a new study into the origins of Covid-19, including in China, after an initial report was deemed lacking because Beijing had refused to cooperate.

The event comes in the middle of a busy few days for the Queen, who appeared publicly yesterday alongside other senior royals at a reception for leaders as part of the G7 Summit. Reporters were not allowed in the castle for the talks, though they heard the queen and the president engaged in polite conversation as they walked into Windsor.

The Duke of Kent, the Queen's cousin, joined her on a dais in the castle's quadrangle in his role as Colonel of the Scots Guards today.

A Guard of Honour gave a royal salute and the U.S. national anthem was played beneath blue skies and hot sunshine. Biden wore his usual aviator sunglasses as he spoke with the British monarch but took them off when it was time to inspect the Grenadier Guardsmen.

The first lady spent time with the Queen's granddaughter-in-law, attending a school with her in Cornwall on Friday, where the pair met some of the pupils in reception class, before sitting on a round table about education and Early Years development.

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"I said I wish we could stay longer, maybe we could hold the cars up a minute, and stuff".

He said she wanted to know about Vladimir Putin, whom Biden will meet next week, and Xi Jinping, the Chinese president.

"We had a great talk", he said.

"I don't think she'd be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity", Biden, 78, told reporters shortly before departing London.

He added: "She was very gracious". Biden's first time meeting the queen came in November 1982, when as a U.S. senator he travelled to the United Kingdom for a meeting of the British-American Parliamentary Group, the White House said Sunday.

The pandemic has meant for the second year in succession the military commemoration of the Queen's official birthday is being staged at her Berkshire home rather than in central London, but its scope has increased from last year. President Lyndon B Johnson is the only one who did not make her acquaintance while he was in office.

Mr Trump moved slightly nearer but then stood still in front of the queen, meaning she had to navigate her way around him so they could walk side by side. They also had afternoon tea together in the Oak Room.

The Bidens became the fourth president and first lady the queen has received at Windsor, following the Trumps in 2018, the Obamas in 2016, President George W. Bush and his wife in 2008 and the Reagans in 1982.

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